Sunday, January 9, 2011

Death By Cookie

It's come to this: The Girl Scouts have been taken over. These sweet little do-gooders have been tricked by marketing. These girls in green, who are known for being honest and good, have succumbed to the anti-High Fructose Corn Syrup marketing scam.

That, or the sweet little girls need a "No High Fructose Corn Syrup" Badge...the one with the letters HFCS crossed out with a big red circle and a diagonal line.

Either way, Holly Spangler wrote a great blog about it, and while I believe we all have to choose our own opinions in what we feed our children or ourselves, consider this: Will the High Fructose Corn Syrup in the Thin Mints or Tagalongs cause you to not be able to button your jeans at the end of the day or promote the spread of adult-onset diabetes, or is it the simple fact that once again, we're searching for a reason that we are getting fatter, that doesn't lie deep within us...or at the bottom of the trash, covered by other trash, as to conceal the evidence of gluttony.

I'm not advocating for diving into a fresh batch of High Fructose Corn Syrup, nor am I knocking the deliciousness that is a Girl Scout Cookie, but as Holly points out, there's some misinformation here. As a wife of a corn producer, High Fructose Corn Syrup seems to be the target lately, and although I do believe many people are eating too much of it, as well as other processed foods, it is my contention that all sugars should be created and discriminated against equally (if you have an allergy or health concern, please disregard my rant). The Girl Scout Cookie debate is, unfortunately, one of many where High Fructose Corn Syrup is put on the hot seat. I suppose there always has to be an evil to our delight.

I just wish they wouldn't have attacked Thin Mints...


  1. Amen! As we all know, "too much of anything is not good." Instead of moderating the amount of cookies we eat, we will eat the whole box, and blame the weight gain on the ingredient instead of our own hand to mouth affliction! It would be nice to think that consumers are honest and wise enough to admit this, but sadly I know most are not!

  2. weight problem is less the result of the amount of high fructose corn syrup in food and more how much of that food I am putting in my mouth! Personal responsibility & choices are the key, folk! :)